Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – March 9, 2015
by Jason Lowery
Scripture: Psalm 121
The 121st Psalm is one of the most well read and comforting passages in all of the Bible. Particularly at this time of reflection during the season of Lent, these eight verses can truly show us the love that God the Father has for his children. The author of the Psalm is expressing the certainly that we should all feel – that the Lord is the source of our help, the source of our strength, and that this devotion knows no bounds or no end. It is “now and forevermore.”
Lent is, among many things, a time of prayer, atonement and repentance of sin. The Psalmist reminds us that though none of God’s children are perfect and we all fall short of his glory, He is the rock on which we lean. In verse three, the author tells us that “He will not let your foot slip; He who watches over you will not slumber.”
Let us follow this example. As almsgiving is one of the traditional customs of Lent, let us watch over our fellow man just as God watches over us. When we “lift up (our) eyes unto the hills,” what a joy it is to know that our help comes from God, and that we can follow this example of giving. As we move towards Holy Week, may we all be mindful of those around us who could use this assurance of the Living God.
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, watch over and guide us, your children, and help us to be a guide to others. We are grateful, Lord, for your love and protection and for the promise that you will be by our side, today and for all times. Amen.